I just recently picked up a 2009 Camry SE and love the ride. I opted not to get the nav unit as I figured I could either buy or make one that will probably be cheaper and that is better and more fun. I've spent quite a few days looking at a bunch of head units and all the ones on the market are nice and plug-and-play but always feel lacking. As a result, I've gone back to the idea of building a car-puter. Anyway, on to the more fun stuff!
- akride -
Quick background: I've built computers but never tried a car-puter
Goal: Have a car-puter that looks good but is useful/fun and easy to fiddle with
Timeline: Depends but not rushing anything
Main Features - Primary Goals
- Clean, OEM-look, in-dash, easy to upgrade parts
- Bluetooth Telephone
Main Features - Secondary Goals/Wishlist
- Car Info - OBDII, TPMS
- Internet - Wi-fi, Piggyback 3G from cell phone
- Reverse Camera
- Remote Control
- Dash Kit - Metra Kit (purchased)
- Double DIN Chassis - ByByte Double Din Mini-ITX Enclosure (www.bybyte.com/BBX-1_content.htm) (purchased)
- Screen - Touchscreen, 7"
- Power Supply
- Hard Drive
- DVD Drive
- Antennas - GPS, HD, DTV
Aug 6, 2009 - I'm a n00b to the car-puter area so I've been spending my time running through these forums and the net to get a general gist of what I need. The main problem I'm having right now is trying to find a chassis. I don't have much fabrication experience nor do I know someone who can do it for me. My ideal chassis...
I went to a few sites (e.g., www.bybyte.com, www.kustompcs.co.uk, JKM InFill) but still haven't found something that fits. I haven't found anything yet. Anyone have an idea?
...looks like those aftermarket chassis with a tilting screen. Ideally, I'd also like a chassis with the ability to change out the screen as needed (e.g., for future screens). The best example is the new Kenwood DNX9140
, which has a reverse tilt as well.
Oct 31, 2011 - Yes, a turtle moves faster than the progress of this project but it's moving. I just received the ByByte Double Din Mini-ITX enclosure over the weekend. It looks awesome! I am going to do a physical check to ensure that the chassis fits nicely. Otherwise, my next steps are to look into getting a motherboard and screen combo that I'd like to use. So far, because of the chassis, I'm thinking of staying with a capacitive Lilliput EBY701. Oh, and the Metra kit that I picked up has a "shelf" that I'm going to have to cut off.